March 30, 2016
A voluntary dog food recall is in full effect right now and we have the details for you. Based in California, Smallbatch Pets Inc. has pulled their 3 pound bags of Dog Duckbatch Sliders from shelves due to the product’s potential Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Because the contamination can cause illness in pets and humans, Fetch! Pet Care asks that you take this dog food recall seriously and that you share this information with every pet lover you know!
Dog Food Recall Specifics
At the time of this writing, there are no reported cases of illness in dogs or humans due to this recall. If you purchased this product, however, you are strongly advised to either return it to the retailer or dispose of it immediately. The potential for contamination is directly related to 3 pound bags of Dog Duckbatch Sliders, which were distributed to the following states between February 23, 2016 and March 10, 2016:
During a routine inspection by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes was discovered in a single bag of sliders, which raised immediate concerns about the potential for other bags being contaminated. As of right now, the recall only affects products with the following batch information:
Lot number: CO27
Best By Date: 1/27/17
This isn’t the first dog food recall we’ve had to warn you about. Unfortunately, Salmonella poses a serious threat to the public’s health–and this includes our pets! A bacterial infection that can live in the intestinal tracts of humans and animals, more than 1 million infections are reported to the CDC each year. Salmonella can cause death if not treated.
About Listeria monocytogenes
Like Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that can cause serious illness. It differs from other infectious bacteria, however, in that it is able to thrive on common surfaces and can do so even in cold temperatures…making it even more contagious! Typically found in livestock, Listeria monocytogenes can also be found in soil and water.
Signs and Symptoms
Please note that some animals can be carriers of Salmonella or Listeria monocytogenes without showing any physical signs or symptoms of infection. And even without obvious symptoms, these animals can infect humans and other pets. In those who do appear sick, some of the most prevalent symptoms include:
- Abdominal cramping
- Diarrhea (including bloody diarrhea)
- Painful and/or frequent urination
- Blood in urine
- Muscle pain
- Arterial infections
- Eye irritation
- Heart infection
Be Safe Out There
While this particular dog food recall involves a very specific product batch and is associated with specific infections, we’d like to take this time to remind you about proper food handling, in general. Remember to always wash your hands, surfaces and utensils before and after preparing food. Follow all instructions for safe storage and always keep raw foods separated from other types of food and ingredients.
For more information on this recall, visit the FDA’s website.
Fetch! Pet Care wants nothing more than for dogs, cats and other pets to be healthy and to enjoy the best life possible. We understand that a dog food recall can be scary, but we share this information in an effort to raise your awareness and to help keep your dog’s safe. Now, it’s up to you to pass this information along to every dog owner you know!